View game action images from Sunday as the Vikings took on the Falcons.
Everson Griffen, the Vikings 2015 sack leader, notched a sack for the third straight game to end the third quarter. The 12-yard takedown gives Griffen 7.5 sacks on the season and forced the Falcons to punt.
The Vikings got on the board in the first quarter with a 1-yard run from Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who would score later in the game, currently has 99 career touchdowns.
One play after the Vikings took a 7-0 lead, Anthony Barr chased down Atlanta running back Tevin Coleman and punched the ball free. Scooped up by safety Antone Exum Jr., the takeaway was the first of three for the Vikings Sunday.
Two weeks after winning NFC Defensive Player of the Week, cornerback Terrence Newman recorded his third interception of the career. Deep in the end zone, Newman ended the Falcons 13-play drive to open the second half.
With a 10-yard gain in the second quarter, Adrian Peterson passed legendary running back O.J. Simpson on the NFL's all-time rushing list. Following today's game, Peterson currently sits at 18th on the list and trails Steven Jackson by 34 yards for 17th.
One of three Vikings takeaways on the day, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn recorded his first interception of the season and the 10th of his career. With less than two minutes left in the first half, Munnerlyn's pick kept the Falcons off the board heading into the locker room.
Facing a fourth down, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had no time to make a play as Anthony Barr quickly found his way in the backfield, where he recorded the sack-fumble. The second forced fumble of the game for Barr was recovered by Atlanta but short of the first-down line, helping seal the Vikings victory.
After gaining 45 yards in last week's loss, Adrian Peterson went for 158 rushing yards against the league's top run defense. Peterson's 35-yard touchdown run late in the game was his second of the day and put the game out of reach.